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London Hoteliers Expect Rising Demand

London-based hotel managers are confident that room rates and average revenue per available room will improve during the first quarter of 2011, according to the HotStats Hotel Confidence Monitor.

Monday 28 Feb 2011

Canada Enjoys Commercial Turnaround

There has been a turnaround in the fortunes of Canada's commercial real estate market, with it enjoying the strongest performance in three years, the REALpac/IPD Canada Annual Property Index has revealed....

Saturday 26 Feb 2011

International Investors Spend Big in London

International property investors have bought more than 800 million GBP worth of London real estate sold at exhibitions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong in 2010, it has been revealed...

Saturday 26 Feb 2011

15 Facts That Decide Your House Price

I don't think anyone will disagree with the fact that the UK housing market is in a bit of a pickle at the moment - from almost every angle. Right now, there are a few facts to consider which I am going to cover in a bid to outline why the UK property market is having the problems it is, how they might be corrected at the moment and how they might be avoided in the future.

Friday 25 Feb 2011

South American Office Markets Show Strong Growth

Office markets around the world are increasingly reporting an upturn in demand, with investors hoping to take advantage of improving economic situations and rising rental and occupancy rates....

Friday 25 Feb 2011

UK Hoteliers Confident About 2011

Despite the recent VAT increase and the implementation of various austerity measures expected to stifle consumer spending, hoteliers in the UK remain confident about their performance this year....

Friday 25 Feb 2011

London's Hotel Market Gets Olympic Boost

Investors are racing against the clock to invest in London's booming hotel market ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, it has been claimed. TRI Hospitality Consulting has reported that the sector is currently outperforming cities such as Paris, Madrid, Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam ahead of the global sporting event, with demand and building work rising.....

Thursday 24 Feb 2011

European Markets Offering 'Less Attractive' Returns

The latest European Fair Value Index (FVI), published by DTZ, has suggested that property markets in the region now offer less attractive returns for investors than they did in the third quarter of 2010....

Thursday 24 Feb 2011

Interest in UK Farmland Property Increases

Over the past three years, investors with agricultural property in their portfolio have found that their assets have topped the investment performance league in the UK....

Thursday 24 Feb 2011

London Prime Market Attracting Savvy Buyers

The London prime property market is attracting more investors than ever, as potential buyers look to snap up real estate in the best locations available....

Wednesday 23 Feb 2011

Canadian Property Continues to Perform

Property prices and transaction levels in Canada have continued to impress, with activity in the market up a further 4.5 per cent in January reaching the highest level since April last year....

Wednesday 23 Feb 2011

Professionals 'Lack Understanding' of Abu Dhabi Market

A quarter of property professionals in the Middle East have admitted that their understanding of the real estate sector in Abu Dhabi is "poor", the results of a recent survey have revealed....

Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

National Property Price Index Scrapped in China

The Chinese government has announced that it will be scrapping its much-maligned national property price index for residential and commercial real estate in the country....

Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

Commercial Property Outlook Improves in Russia

Better employment prospects, growing business confidence and an expectation for solid economic growth over the course of 2011 have helped to bolster the commercial real estate market in Russia during the fourth quarter of 2010....

Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

Asia Sees 59% Rise in Investment Activity

Activity in the Asian property market was up considerably last year compared to 2009, with investors taking advantage of the economic recovery and spending a total of USD 63 billion in transactions. The figures, released by real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), are a massive 59 per cent up on 2009....

Monday 21 Feb 2011

Istanbul Enjoys Visitor Number Increase

Fresh from being named as the number one European city for property investment by PricewaterhouseCoopers, official data has now revealed that Istanbul has enjoyed a 28.5 per cent increase in visitor numbers during January....

Monday 21 Feb 2011

US Housing Starts Fall in January

Permits for new residential homes in the US fell by 10.4 per cent during January, figures released by the Commerce Department's US Census Bureau have revealed....

Friday 18 Feb 2011

Chinese Investors Look for Opportunities in Gold

Demand for gold in China has surged as investors turn to the precious metal amid rising concerns surrounding inflation in the country. Gold's bull market stumbled in January, with the price sliding more than seven per cent from its all-time high...

Friday 18 Feb 2011

Koreans Head Overseas for Property Investment

Investment in overseas real estate by Koreans surged by in excess of 170 per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year as a result of the global economic recovery. The Finance Ministry has announced that Korean residents bought overseas real estate valued at USD 611....

Friday 18 Feb 2011

RICS Calls for Govt Support to Boost Housing Sector

Encouraging growth in the UK's residential and commercial property markets should be a primary concern for the coalition government, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said....

Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Long-Term Prospects Positive for UK Market

Weak employment prospects, the rising cost of living and pay freezes across the UK are likely to contribute to the real estate market declining slightly over the course of this year, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) claims....

Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Investor Sentiment Improving for Commercial Property

Globally, investor feeling towards commercial real estate purchases is picking up, with Latin American and Asian markets leading the way in terms of opportunities. ...

Thursday 17 Feb 2011

US, Malaysian and UK Markets to Dominate in 2011

New York, Kuala Lumpur and London are three destinations that real estate speculators are becoming increasingly confident about, international property investment firm IP Global has claimed....

Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Understanding Property Tax

I will be approaching the subject of tax on property investments in a rather specifically vague way to highlight the impact of taxation on investment (and investment levels) and how taxation is itself limited in its own right by what it sets out to achieve....

Wednesday 16 Feb 2011

Regional Differences Impacting UK Commercial Market

There are pronounced regional and sector differences present in the UK commercial real estate market, with prime London office space continuing to outperform the rest of the country, the latest index has found....

Wednesday 16 Feb 2011

Revised Forecast for Canadian Real Estate in 2011

A strengthening economy, rising consumer confidence and better job prospects are expected to bolster the Canadian real estate market in 2011, with higher than expected growth forecast. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has revised its prediction for residential sales this year, with the firm stating that transaction levels will pick up after a slow start....

Wednesday 16 Feb 2011

Property is 'Better Investment Than Gold'

Property is considered to be a better investment than gold, shares, currency and savings, the results of a new survey have found. The latest research from the Worldwide Property Group has suggested that investor confidence is starting to return, with 69 per cent of the opinion that now is a good time to purchase real estate abroad....

Wednesday 16 Feb 2011

Prices Climbing in China Despite Govt Cooling Measures

Residential property prices in China climbed by 0.95 per cent in January compared to the previous month, according to private data provider China Real Estate Index System (CREIS). The price increase comes despite a rash of steps to contain property inflation since late 2009, including a trial of a long debated property tax in Shanghai and Chongqing....

Tuesday 15 Feb 2011

Nordic Investors Returning to Property Investment

An increasing number of Nordic-based investors have begun to reassess their strategies and are being lured back to making real estate purchases, the Financial Times reports. Pension funds in the region had been very active in property markets all around the world in the years leading up to the crisis, but were faced with a backlash as the markets began to tumble....

Tuesday 15 Feb 2011

Is Social Housing The Next Great Investment?

The recent downturn in the housing market and the turmoil in the financial markets has created a new window of opportunity as the need for social housing increases...

Tuesday 15 Feb 2011